10 Bills Arizona Lawmakers Should Have Passed but Didn't

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The Arizona Legislature adjourned last week, and despite more than 200 bills being signed into law, very few will have any effect on most people.

There were some very good proposals that didn't pass, which probably would have made Arizona a better place to live and do business. Check out our picks for 10 bills that should have passed, but didn't:

See also:
-Arizona Legislature Adjourns, and Your Life Probably Isn't Changing

10.) Legalizing Fantasy Sports

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For whatever reason, it's illegal to win money by playing fantasy sports. A bill proposed this year would have changed that, but it didn't pass, so every time you've played a fantasy-sports game on ESPN or elsewhere, with a chance to win money, you were actually playing for a $0 jackpot as an Arizona resident.



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magicmarker_pr
magicmarker_pr

Like I said, I worked for both Lyft and Uber.  Although the concept is innovative, there are still serious flaws with both mobile platforms.  If you're involved in a car accident while you're in the middle of a request, your insurance won't cover you.  Both companies claim they have a liability insurance, but my friend (who drove for Lyft) got in serious trouble with them when he tried to look up what the liability covered by himself.  

I have a couple friends who work for Lyft and Uber and they have gone through the process of registering themselves with Weights and Measures and paying for their permits and commercial insurance out of pocket.  Lyft and Uber have MILLIONS from investors, but instead of helping their drivers to get legal within the state, they hire a lobbyist to bend the laws for them only.  What both companies wanted was to create a legal definition for ridesharing so the current regulations won't apply to them because they both claim to go by their own regulations.

Aaron Sanchez
Aaron Sanchez

They couldn't pass this stuff; they were to busy passing 5 gun related bills expanding my rights to bring my weapon EVERYWHERE and buy ammo at Circle K. You know, the really important stuff. Pew pew pew! Yeee haaaaw!!!

Cheryl Perez
Cheryl Perez

we are to blame ! we put them in office.

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

I agree with about 1/2 of them not going forward.

Jerry Young
Jerry Young

I believe that regardless of gender, race or religion, most of us agree that 1) there is plenty of shame to be shared by both parties, 2) government has become a political machine that we now serve, 3) that a political office should be a public service, not a professional career corrupt with self-entitlement and special interest money, 4) term limits is doable, 5) the budget must be balanced and 6) the deficit reduced without plucking the taxpayers like a money tree. Support "common sense" politics...and don't forget to vote!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Arizona, staying backwoods as much as possible.

magicmarker_pr
magicmarker_pr

#6 wouldn't have regulated Lyft or Uber at all. All they wanted was to operate without the regulations that taxi companies are. I know both companies well and they haven't done any effort to become legitimate livery services.

John Hamby
John Hamby

The people shall have what they want and the people want UBER!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Seriously?

Today's politicians, Republican and Democrat alike, need to look to a true leader like TR.

TR created the FDA and the USDA. He fought big business, promised everyone a fair share, etc.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@magicmarker_pr  " If you're involved in a car accident while you're in the middle of a request, your insurance won't cover you. "


Bullshit. The insurance carriers are OBLIGATED to pay for ANY DAMAGE you do to OTHER PEOPLE while operating your car -- even when you are CRIMINALLY DRUNK.


They may not pay for YOUR personal damages if you are violating the policy, but that's what UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE is for.



mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

@Cozz  They should have an NBA at the Arizona State Legislature,as well.We all know what that means now. LOL.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@magicmarker_pr  ... only a submissive big-government sycophant would equate REGULATION with "legitimacy" ...



valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  

His reforms were heavy-handed.  Even his best accomplishments at regulation might have best been left to the states, implementing federal guidelines.  His leadership style is exemplified by his threatened federal military action against business owners and demanding to regulate the spelling of English words that were "too hard".  There really wasn't much that he didn't think the Executive Branch should be able to control.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @magicmarker_pr 

Basic economics.  Local government (not the feds) have the obligation to regulate business practices.  Without such regulation to maintain a level playing field, the least scrupulous company would be able to drive their honest competition out of business.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

You also have to consider what life was like in the early 1900's Valley.

Life then wasn't like life today.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Sadly Flyer. Sadly. 95 years and 18 presidents later.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... what part of "SHALL NOT be INFRINGED" don't you gun-grabbers comprehend?


HipTip: at the time the constitution was written, Negros, Indians and Women were denied certain "inalienable" rights too.



valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative@Cozz 

The Constitution doesn't say that, genius.  At the time it was written, it was common for criminals and the insane to have certain rights revoked.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cozz


Check out teatard VN's claim that Government has AN OBLIGATION to Regulate business !!



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... keep lying chump. You've once again been exposed as the brain-dead ignoramus that you are.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  FU you lying little  dirt bag.  Am I that difficult that you have the need to lie in order to attack?  You fucking little pussy.

Nowhere did I say "harvesting".  You claimed he was "extracting".  I said that cows do not "extract" grass.


I bet a stupid mofo like you believes everything Harry Reid and the Federal government tells you.  You pathetic loser.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... you pig-ignorantly claimed that the freeloading racist wasn't harvesting or using the resources of Federal Land because the "grass grows back".


Stay stupid, numbnuts, it's your only skill.



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues  Stupid little bitch.  Show me where I said that.  I said two things:  1.  grass is different than oil --- and

2.  You can't trust the federal government to tell the truth.


But since you are a lying little cacksucker and too ignorant to understand, I guess it is to be expected.


Jazus!  You are dumber than a frozen turd!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... exclaims the dipshit who says that racist teabaggers should be able to harvest and extract resources from Federal lands for free.



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative  


So donkey boy, according to you it is either no government or all government. Shallow, obtuse little dimwits like you should refrain from commenting.  You are quite pathetic.  

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Only when it comes to protecting their contributors businesses. Jim Click's money, APS talking out off both sides of their mouth on solar energy. Guns, guns, guns fetish. The protection of the Herrod and the Arizona Taliban. The one party dictatorship in the legislature doesn't care if the whole State burned down, as long as they can regulate women's reproduction, give tax funds away to private schools, carry guns any where you want for "protection" against black helicopters, and grease the skids for the Koch Brothers. Gifts, gifts, they were just gifts. Oh those are still legal. Steak dinners for all, right Deb?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... keep flailing, you Big-Government Regulation Anti-Free Market Nanny-statist.



valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

Good idea.  You should be properly humiliated to read that at some point in the future when somebody explains the role of local governments to you.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative "Local government (not the feds) have the obligation to regulate business practices.  Without such regulation to maintain a level playing field, the least scrupulous company would be able to drive their honest competition out of business." 4/28/14


Filed into the Archive of Shame for future humiliation.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... your standard pathetic refrain when you are forced to backtrack from yet another one of your inconsistent idiocies. 



valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @valleynative 

You've never understood concepts that are even a little bit complex, and nothing I say to you is going to make you understand.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... government has an "OBLIGATION to REGULATE business practices"?


You teatards are always yammering for more FREEDOM and LESS Government and FREE markets.


So you're actually a Big-Government Nanny-Statist, eh fascist?


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

You mean TR was GWB's idol? Lol TR would mop the floor with GWB.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative "There really wasn't much that he didn't think the Executive Branch should be able to control."


Like TORTURE, ILLEGAL WARS and Signing Statements?



Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 @Flyer9753  Sorry, I guess I mis-read.


I thought you were saying that it died 95 years and 18 presidents later, i.e. with the start of Obama's presidency.


I agree on the amendments, and a few tweaks to current ones to account for this era vs when they were written - biggest I see us needing right now is an amendment laying out our election system and removing the money from it.


Technically recalls exist, it's just extremely hard to get one going... due to the money problems.


Also agree on your comments about TR (and todays politicians), he was a very good person and president.. one of hte best we have had.


We need an election system by the people, in all respects. It's our elections, we should pay for them - i.e. mandatory funding to ensure a level playing field and no allowing anyone else to run ads, etc..


No more of this millions/billions spent by private parties and PACs.



MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @MaskedMagician1967 

TR died in 1919 and he was our nation's 26th President. 

That's what I meant. (TR's death in 1919 killed all fairness. Woodrow Wilson and every President since hasn't even tried to measure up.)

 He was the perfect president. I respect and admire TR for that and I personally wish today's politicians, both Republican and Democrat alike, would do what TR did. He worked for the PEOPLE. Not big business. Not the super wealthy (though if you were rich in TR's era, you were well off)

Today's politicians would rather kiss the ass of big business and be corrupt (hence the reason for Washington's low approval ratings) than grow a pair and do the job they were hired and collect a paycheck to do.

TBH I think a bunch of new Constitutional amendments are sorely needed. Including an amendment to recall any Congressperson, any sitting Cabinet member, any sitting Supreme Court Justice, and the President.  

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